Michelle (Benjamin) Crisp (Credential ‘13, MA ‘14), just finished
her first year of teaching fourth grade at Main Ave. Elementary
in Sacramento, Calif. A milestone worth celebrating in itself.
But, to her great surprise, Crisp also received a Teacher of the
Year award from a local dentist’s office when one of her
students, Adrian Flores, nominated her.
Rod Davis (BA ‘71) has been named alumni regent on the University
of California Board of Regents. Mr. Davis and his wife Sue Davis
(Credential ‘73) have established the Sue Davis Award, an endowed
scholarship fund to support students studying to be elementary
school teachers in the UC Davis School of Education. The first
award will be made in fall 2015.
An article about using virtual reality to examine social
motivation and emotional perception in children with Autism
Spectrum Disorders appears in Psychology Progress. The article, co-authored by
Peter Mundy, a professor in the UC Davis School of Education and
School of Medicine, looked at 19 children with higher functioning
Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD) and 23 age, gender, and IQ
matched children with typical development (TD), who used a joy
stick to position themselves closer or further from virtual
avatars while attempting to identify six emotions expressed by
the avatars, happiness, fear, anger, disgust, sadness, and
surprise that were expressed at different levels of intensity.
Read more here.
On June 4, six students from West Sac Early College Prep were
recognized for their work in helping to build small business
websites as part of a pilot project, Future Ready, launched by
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and the City of West Sacramento to
make West Sacramento businesses more visible online and improve
their online presence in order to reach more customers.
In California, the demand for professionals in science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields will grow nearly
20 percent by 2018. Yet too few students are choosing STEM
fields. Nancy (’74, Cred ’75) and Tom Patten (’74, MS ’76)
believe that enthusiastic and well-prepared teachers are the key
to unlocking the state’s potential for innovation and prosperity.
To help train the next generation of STEM teachers, the
Pattens have pledged $100,000 to establish a new matching fund
for the School of Education: the Next Generation STEM Teaching
Award. The fund will support scholarships for School of
Education teaching credential students who have the interest,
passion, and aptitude to teach STEM-related subjects in K-12
By preparing UC Davis educators to inspire the next generation of
students to pursue STEM majors and careers, the School of
Education strengthens California’s and the nation’s ability to
tap the true potential of its future innovators.